Tone2 Electra2 Synthesizer Workstation Now Available

Tone2 Audiosoftware has released Electra2, a major upgrade to its ElectraX synthesizer instrument for Windows and Mac.

According to Tone2, Electra2 is ‘the most powerful synthesizer on the market’.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

Electra2 breathes new life into the term “synthesizer workstation”. With its powerful and sonically versatile approach to audio production, it provides you with truly outstanding new sounds. Electra2 is ready for any type of music you play!

The instrument is equipped with a high-end quality sound engine, multilayer support and a wide range of music production features, but it’s designed to put you in control. Its friendly hands-on interface allows first-timers to easily create sounds and experts to delve into sound design as deeply as they want to. And with Tone2’s high quality sound technology at its core, you’re not only working with a greater palette for creating original sounds, but also the best sound quality possible, with a lower CPU usage than any other type of workstation or synthesizer.

Electra2 comes with an astounding sound collection of over 1200 production-ready sounds by professional sound designers. A comfortable patch browser is provided to give you an instant overview of all the available categories and sounds, together with an on-screen keyboard to audition them from within the patch browser. Picking the sound you want is as easy as it can be.

Key Features:

  • Four synthesizers in one interface
  • High-end sound quality
  • Huge sonic range
  • High flexibility
  • 14 different, combinable synthesis methods
  • Free support and updates
  • Psychoacoustic processing
  • Low CPU load, multicore processor support
  • Easy to use
  • 4x multitimbral, 4x stereo unison
  • Over 3000 sounds in 1230 presets by professional sound designers
  • 38 exclusive filter types
  • 46 oscillator types
  • 32 effect types; Master effect section with Equalizer
  • More than  1000 waveforms
  • 64×4 voices
  • Midi learn
  • Customizable user interface with 4 skins
  • Expandability
  • Standalone version for PC
  • Flexible preset management
  • Context sensitive help

Here’s a look at Electra2’s synthesis options:

Here’s a look at Electra2’s samples:

This video looks at Electra2’s effects:

Finally, this video takes a look at Electra2’s multilayer options:

Electra2 is available now, for Mac & Windows (VST/AU), for US 189/149 EUR. Upgrade pricing is also available.

If you’ve used Electra2, let us know what you think of it!

23 thoughts on “Tone2 Electra2 Synthesizer Workstation Now Available

  1. Terms like “most powerful synthesizer” are too far into BuzzWordLand and frankly, this thing doesn’t need them. If its half as capable as the demos suggest, yeah, its a worthy contender. Tone2 seems a bit like UVI: solid tools that can’t quite seem to rise to greater prominence. IMO, this looks and sounds like what Nexus should have become, with full programmability. I always sit up a bit straighter when anything allows user samples to be loaded. I never considered that a big issue until i started sampling my old hardware synths to preserve part of their sound. It gives you a huge jump on a better library, so this looks like a central instrument with some muscle. Has anybody played other Tone2 instruments? If so, give us some dish.

    1. I tried the demo of the predecessor, Electra, which was promoted with very strong marketing claims too. After a short trial period I found that the sounds it produces are distintively artificial, or highly “digital”, if you will. Try before you buy!

  2. I have the original ElectraX and Saurus, their “analog” emulating synth. Both are great and I’ve often wondered why more people aren’t hip to them. Looking forward to checking this out.

  3. Why do soft-synth manufacturers always promote their ‘instruments’ as ‘hardware’ in promotional imagery – even though its software! If this really were a hardware synth it would be awesome. Pity its just software.

    1. I like the GUI, too, but as hardware, you’re probably looking at a $4000 instrument. Smart money says running that many displays in real-time would require several higher-end processors. That compliment of knobs would add a lot to the cost, too. It’d be an impressive synth, but also one you ogle appreciatively before buying something half to a third of the price that does three-fourths of what the wonder-synth does. $189 looks really good from there. 😀

  4. Tone2 needs to up their game in marketing to make their synths look as cool as their sounds. Most kids use love synths for their sounds and presets (Sylenth1, anyone?), Electra2 probably has those, but they need to create a myth around them to feel cool to use as well. These videos or their websites don’t help in this matter.

    Even with ElectraX (previous version), the synth is already more flexible and powerful than most in the market, for sound designers at least. Not sure if I should upgrade when I haven’t tapped enough into the first version’s capabilities.

  5. with the frequency at which Tone2 comes out with new synths, I get the feeling they trail of legacy support just as fast. This is why I don’t mess with them.

      1. Only if it was an infinitely wide, infinitely deep but finitely high room. Chris said “infinitely large room”, which suggests it’s infinitely large in three dimensions. So no, the infinitely distant floor wouldn’t reflect sound any more than the infinitely distant walls would.

    1. only if you’re a dumb *ss who has no idea how or wont spend the time to learn to program. i always thought that’s what synths were about, other wise just get a piano.

  6. It sounds pretty versatile. If it was able to load full sample key/velo maps, that would make it quite the beast– but I don’t know how limited the sample functions are.

    They put a funny little reference with a double-peak filter. Cute. Piques the interest of fans of “audio tips”.

  7. I’d say the major selling point here is that it has a band pass filter called “boobs” that looks like boobs

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